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Published in 1962, Ian Fleming's tenth 007 novel is a unique view of Bond through the eyes of a woman who loves him. Vivienne Michel is running away - from pain, from rejection, from humiliation. When she stumbles into a criminal plot, her life seems over...until a chance encounter with James Bond turns her world upside down.
'You only live twice: Once when you are born And once when you look death in the face'
With a new introduction by Stella Rimington. 'He was a man with years of dirty, dangerous memories - a spy.'
'He was one of those men - one meets perhaps only two or three in a lifetime - who seem almost to suck the eyes out of your head. He was their Supreme Commander - almost their god'
Published in 1955, Moonraker is the third Bond novel. 'For several minutes he stood speechless, his eyes dazzled by the terrible beauty of the greatest weapon on earth.'He's a self-made millionaire, head of the Moonraker rocket programme and loved by the press. So why is Sir Hugo Drax cheating at cards? Bond has just five days to uncover the sinister truth behind a national hero.
Published in 1954, the second Bond novel takes him from Harlem to Jamaica in a frenzied hunt for the brilliant deadly gangster Mr Big and his macabre network of associates.
Published in 1957, Fleming's fifth 007 novel finds Bond enmeshed in a deadly game of cross and double cross. A beautiful Soviet spy. A brand-new Spektor cipher machine. Smersh has set an irresistible trap that threatens the entire Secret Service.
This title comes with a new introduction by Sam Leith Octopussy. The Property of a Lady. The Living Daylights. 007 in New York. 'This was going to be bad news, dirty work. This was to be murder'.
Published in 1960, the eighth Bond is a collection of short stories. Five missions. Five glimpses into the mind of a spy. From Jamaican estates to brooding French forests, Bond is tested to his limits by the world's most dangerous men and the dark secrets they keep. Features stories such as: From A View to A Kill; For Your Eyes Only; Quantum of Solace; Risico; and the Hildebrand Rarity.
'Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.'
I was excited (of the jumping up and down variety) when Forever and a Day appeared in my letterbox, I am a HUGE 007 fan and can announce that this novel perfectly slots into place. The Ian Fleming Estate and Ian Fleming Publications asked Anthony Horowitz to continue the Bond series in 2015 with Trigger Mortis, after he had so successfully stepped into the world of Sherlock Holmes. Now comes Bond as the new boy on the block, Forever and A Day is the prequel to Casino Royale and original Ian Fleming material appears. This is how James Bond came into being as an agent and he does so in spectacular style. The first sentence is a humdinger, I was immediately on board and continued to read with pure enjoyment. Anthony Horowitz skilfully sets up the world of Bond, balancing the established with his own style quite beautifully. If you are a lover of the original series, I can vouch for this book, if you have only watched the films, I can vouch for this book. Forever and a Day is an exciting action-packed adventure of a read, it exceeded my (already high) expectations, earning it one of my picks of the month.
'The first shot had been fired. There would be others. And whose finger was on the trigger? Who had got him so accurately in their sights?'
Published in 1956, Diamonds are Forever is the fourth Bond novel. From the diamond mines of Sierra Leone to the jewellers of Hatton Garden, from race track to casino, Bond must infiltrate and destroy the criminal network of the Spangled Mob.